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Pitreavie Pumas victorious in close encounter with Rothes Juniors

Pitreavie Pumas 3

Kearsley 18, Clarke 45, Dalziel 75

Rothes Juniors 0

  • Sunday, 20 January 2019
  • Pitreavie Playing Fields
  • Under 17´s
  • Fife League Cup

Goals from Liam Kearsley, Gregg Clarke and Cameron Dalziel were enough to beat the visiting Rothes Juniors at a windy Pitreavie playing fields, which saw a very even contest with good quality from either side.

The match saw a very stubborn start, with both teams showing glimpses of having enough to beat each other’s strong defences. The attacks seen in the early stages of the game were primarily channelled through Pitreavie’s tricky winger Lewis Johnstone and powerful forward Aaron Cunningham, with Rothes striker Ewan Taylor also showing the potential to make a big impact on the game.

The first real chance of the game didn’t fall till the 18th minute of the match and it resulted in the games first goal. Clarke swung in a dangerous ball from a corner, which was then met by a towering header from defender Kearsley, which ended up in the top left corner, putting the hosts ahead.

As is so common in football, the first goal resulted in a series of chances for either side. Lewis Petrie attempted to double Pitreavie’s lead, but saw his long-ranged effort sail over the bar in the 20th minute. This was closely followed by Rothes first chance of the match, when Taylor managed to get himself in the way of a defensive clearance which cannoned off him and ended up being inches away from the goal in the 22nd minute.

Rhys McGlashan was next to threaten an equaliser for Rothes, but his effort from the edge of the box went just to the wrong side of the post in the 30th minute. The visitors continued to press as the wind started to pick up and suddenly defender Marcus Brookshank broke through and fired a low driven shot at Pitreavie goalkeeper Jay Anstruther, but the keeper comfortably denied the chance in the 35th minute.

The hosts managed to weather the storm and really started to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the few minutes that remained of the first half. Rothes keeper Ryan McIntosh was called upon in the 36th minute when Petrie shrugged off a defender and fired a shot but was expertly rejected by the Rothes number one. McIntosh was brought into action once again when Clarke had his effort saved by the powerful keeper from close range in the 40th minute.

However, with seconds remaining of the first half, the ball was swung in by a Pitreavie midfielder and fell to Clarke who wasn’t going to miss this time as he fired his shot from the back post into the bottom left corner, past McIntosh putting the hosts two ahead going into the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Pitreavie Pumas
  • 2-0
  • Rothes Juniors

Whatever the Rothes coaches said to the players at half time, clearly had an impact as they started to dominate the game during the early stages of the second half. Rothes were given their best chance of the game in the 51st minute of the match, when McGlashan got on the end of a terrific cross from captain Christopher Mitchell and volleyed it from close range, but somehow Anstruther managed to superbly tip the ball behind for a corner.

The Rothes pressure continued as some fantastic build up play resulted in McGlashan picking up the ball at edge of the box and his curled effort hit the outside of the post in the 55th minute. Rothes just weren’t getting their share of luck and substitute Jordan Robertson was next to come close after making a positive impact for the visitors and saw his effort just go wide in the 70th minute.

Pitreavie started to see themselves get back into the game after surviving some extremely close chances from the visitors. John Sutherland managed to get in behind the Rothes defence and had his shot from a tight angle parried away by McIntosh in the 72nd minute.

A threat of a late Rothes comeback was firmly put to bed in the 75th minute when Dalziel managed to get on the end of a lofted through ball and found himself one on one with McIntosh. He then coolly dropped his shoulder and rounded the powerful goalkeeper and tapped it into the empty net, claiming Pitreavie’s third.

After the third goal, Pitreavie started to take control with the match, which may have been because of the late substitution that brought on Mitchell Roe who had an electrifying impact on the way that Pitreavie went forward. Roe’s first contribution to the game came in the form of a stupendous volley from distance that was so unfortunate not creep in, as McIntosh was there to put it out for a corner in the 78th minute. Roe came close again with a curled effort just going wide of the post in the 80th minute of the match.

The final chance of the match fell to Rothes defender Brookshank in the 88th minute after Pitreavie were caught on the break but unfortunately the last attempt in getting a goal back failed as the ball flew over the bar.

  • Full Time:
  • Pitreavie Pumas
  • 3-0
  • Rothes Juniors


Pitreavie Pumas
Rothes Juniors
1. Jay Anstruther
2. Kendall Forbes
3. Tom Milne
4. Liam Kearsley
5. Lewis Petrie
6. Gregg Clarke
7. Robbie Woodend
9. John Sutherland
10. Lewis Johnstone
11. Aaron Cunningham
12. Cameron Dalziel
13. Mitchell Roe
15. Kieran Young
16. Michael Collins
1. Ryan McIntosh
2. Michael Stebbings
4. Macus Brookshank
5. Daniel To
6. Christopher Mitchell
7. Daniel Bucholz
8. Jayden Curtis
9. Reece Henderson
10. Liam Kane
11. Kellar Harris
12. Ewan Taylor
14. Jordan Robertson
15. Gary Smart
16. Rhys McGlashan
17. Terry Wilson
Star Player
Pitreavie Pumas
Rothes Juniors
Gregg Clarke - A dominant performance from the powerful midfielder, who got his name on the score sheet and also set up one after a team mate finally scored from one of his wonderful deliveries. Great performance.
Daniel To - Will be disappointed to have been part of a defence that conceded three goals, but played a massive contribution in not letting the score get out of hand for the visitors, through some great last ditch tackles and powerful defensive headers.
Magic Moment
Pitreavie Pumas
Rothes Juniors
The Anstruther save at the beginning of the first half was truly special. And it was a vital save as Rothes were getting very much back into the game and a goal could of been crucial.
McGlashan hitting the post was so unlucky as it capped off a great Rothes move which really did deserve a goal at the end of it.
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